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Monday, February 16, 2009

So here we are into the 2nd month of the year and half way through. I am looking forward to my measure in on March 1st.

Tried that soup recipe in the Feb 23, 2009 Woman's World magazine and it's awesome! I love soups and this one has more protein, no pasta and it's yummy tasting. Not following their regimen but including the soup at least once a day.

Plans to go AF for my weekdays. Ended up having a few drinks yesterday, more for relaxation than anything else. Was tired last night so no pm workout and feeling less energetic this am - got my 10mins Ab Jam in and 10mins Elliptical. Will go tanning tonight and do my 10mins Elliptical and 20mins Gazelle around 7pm or so. I find I'm a bit tired when I go do my workout, but feel re-energized afterwards. My bedtime is like 9 - 9:30pm since I wake up at 4:30am but enjoying the nice rest and nights with good dreams lately. No stress/worry dreams. Just regular dreams.

So back to work today. My kids are still off as it's "Family Day" here in Canada but our workplace doesn't give it off (although they give many other benefits). I don't mind. The kids are sleeping soundly as I leave the house. It's very peaceful.

Ah - Life is GOOD! Enjoy the Day!

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KIMUSH23 2/16/2009 11:17AM

    Nice to see you happily sparking!

Have a great family day!

1-2-3-4 I adore SPARKPEOPLE emoticon

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Weighing in... 2lbs GONE!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I was so excited when I saw the numbers this morning. Having finally busted through my plateau last week and left "170ville", finding a 2lbs weight loss this week. It feels great!

This despite my not having any AF nights last week - but key was moderation and exercise. I stepped up the exercise and added some pm workouts to my usual 5am workouts and I'm really enjoying them.

I downloaded some new Nickelback songs (my favourite band) and really finding my spirit back in music. It brings me back to a time where I spent more time dancing, moving then sitting on the chair/couch pooching. RESULTS?! Well my pooch will go down and I will be fit for Spring!

My computer is back and running clean so that's awesome!

Found a recipe in the Woman's World magazine for this week (my fav too with lots of positive affirmations which I often cut out and post on my vision board)... It's a soup and I love soups. It professes to help people lose weight - and well, although I am doing what I'm doing, thought why not add a new recipe to my repertoire. It sounds yummy! Going to make it today.

Today would have been my father's birthday so thinking of him a bit (feeling a bit emotional - think I'm PMSing lol)... I can't believe he's been gone 15 years!

I may do some reminiscing today and go through old pics to post more on my Spark Page today. Planning on AF days from Sunday to Thursday this week (I think lol... well at least Monday to Thursday).

Oh - and my workouts - I'm happy to say that the 10mins on the Elliptical that used to KILL me is now getting easier. I have added to it by doing them 2x a day and it's making a difference. I had set a goal to push and increase my exercise to move off the plateau and it's working! I feel so encouraged now... I know it won't always move this much in a week - but I'm happy to have not only stayed below the 170 mark that I had not been at in years, but moving closer to the halfway mark of leaving 160Ville! emoticon

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KIMUSH23 2/15/2009 10:36PM

    Great job ~ you will be there before you know it!

SPARKPEOPLE Rocks My World emoticon

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BRENDA_2010 2/15/2009 2:43PM

    Keep up the positive attitude. You ae doing a great job and making the most of your workouts. emoticon

I hope your recipe is yummy and it's okay to be teary eyed. It's hard to think about the people we love and miss the most. Looking through pictures is a great memory. I know I enjoy looking through my scrapbooks.

Have a great day and relax. You deserve it!! emoticon

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RDEEEEEEEEE 2/15/2009 2:02PM

    Way to go!! Sounds like you have a good momentum going!!
Sorry to hear about your Dad. I lost mine 30 years ago and still miss him terribly sometimes. I guess we were lucky we had Dads to miss, so many kids don't these days!
And thanks for saying you weren't AF last week either, lol. I was feeling quite the lush when I noticed that about myself!
We will do better this week and get to the 160s before you know it!!
Keep on Sparkin!!

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MEADSBAY 2/15/2009 10:16AM

    emoticon Helene!!!
Come back and read this blog if you ever start to feel discouraged!
I'm thrilled to be down another pound myself. emoticon
That's 9 for me in 5 weeks, more than I lost in 2008!
Have a great day!
elizabeth emoticon

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13 +1 - New habits being developed

Saturday, February 14, 2009

So I've always had a thing with numbers, perhaps in a different way than others. For Friday the 13th I was excited as it marked 1 month to my trip back to my home town.

So why am I posting 13 + 1 you say, well 13 marked the beginning of my month's journey - today day one and here we are on Feb 14th ... Valentine's Day (nothing special for me really except the realization of my own heart health with my latest BP issues).

I also snuck onto the scale this am and well it was at 168!! So now I'm on my Gazelle doing my workout this morning and thinking - this is my MISSION!! I am going to lose 13 pounds in this month before my trip home and aim for 155lbs Goal Weight at that time. It's not undoable by far. It's not unreasonable.

Funny thing is when I hop on to my machines or do my workouts the feeling I get is so great. It brings me back to the days when I was thinner and more fit and I know I will be there again. Today (well this afternoon) I'm kind of taking some time off (mind you I got 40mins in this am), having a few drinks and sitting here doing the re-install on my now wiped clean computer ... but tomorrow I'm BACK TO NORMAL!! Wake up early - come on here and do my workouts!

If I go to visit at my goal weight of 155 - that will be a 20lbs weight loss since my start this January and again I don't feel it to be an unattainable goal if you look at it over the 2 and a half months. It seems now that I've busted this plateau that I was on for years it seemed, it's working!

I feel better and I know it's starting to show! I will do like my great SP friend "Brenda" and post more pics to share along the way!

So friends... I'm back and going full force ahead.

Enjoy the day!

PS - My horoscope said something to the effect of someone from my past coming into my life on the 21st and being Mr. Right this time... funny how this come true with my recent re-connection (indirectly) to an old beau of mine... Ah to dream! Gotta do it - especially on days like today!

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KIMUSH23 2/14/2009 4:19PM


SPARKAPPY Valentines Day emoticon

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BRENDA_2010 2/14/2009 4:18PM

    I agree your plan in do able and I know you can do it.

I enjoy reading your blogs, you let us know exactly what you are thinking.

I am with you, starting tomorrow I am getting back on track and we are going to kick some butt together!!!

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Friday the 13th - reason to smile :-)

Friday, February 13, 2009

On a day when most supersticious people are wary, I am smiling today as it marks the exact 1 month countdown to my visit back to my home town.

I am very motivated to make these next 4 weeks intense and more of a bootcamp maybe than January was. I have been successful in maintaining steady workouts at least 5 times a week (most times every day). I am even starting to include some evening workouts to top up my am workouts.

I busted through my major plateau last Sunday going below 170 for the first time in years and feel encouraged that the numbers will continue to move. It's like it was the confirmation my body needed to stay in gear and get moving because it now knows I mean business.

So for the next 4 weeks, I am going to be paying extra care and attention to my workouts, my eating and stress management.

My other goal - well I'm anxious to see my weigh in at the doctor's when I go for the follow-up visit. Not sure what date I'll go but I'm sure there will be a difference.

I'm finally feeling like my life here in the new city is settling in. I've been moved now for about 4 months but it was a hectic start - with the job search, finding work, getting accustomed to all the new routines with the girls' new schools, and then the bus strike - making me having to car pool and work extra long days. No more! Now I'm riding the bus and enjoying the scenery as I let someone else do the driving. It's great!

I talked to the technician last night about my computer and he said my computer was the most 'infected' they had ever seen. Go figure! I would break that record. Hoping to be picking it up this evening and getting it all set back up. May have to re-install a bunch of stuff but I look at it as another clean start.

So here is to 1 month of major serious crack down! My goal is now to hit below the 160 mark by the time March 13th comes along - something I have not done in over a decade or more!

I'm pumped!! TGIF!! emoticon

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KIMUSH23 2/13/2009 11:32PM

    Yeah for your countdown and you will look sparkeriffically beautiful!

Kim emoticon

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BRENDA_2010 2/13/2009 1:58PM

    emoticon emoticon
I can feel your excitement in your blog, and it made me smile.

Keep up the good work and I am with you, let's start kicking butt and watch those pounds go bye, bye.


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MEADSBAY 2/13/2009 8:44AM

    YAHOOOOO!!! emoticon
You'll go places with that attitude!
Keep your eyes on the prize.
Have a good weekend
(buy yourself those flowers yet?)

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Week's update - Not Giving UP! Staying positive!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

It's been a bit of a challenging week! It started on Sat when my computer broke down (got infected with a virus) so I've been without since then (going through major SP withdrawals lol). Then my CD player that I use with my Gazelle - have my favourite music to workout to fell and broke. Then I reverted to my MP3 (which is ok, but I can't update the tunes cause I don't have a computer)... well the music keeps cutting out (I guess it's my headset that needs replacing but I tried 2 pairs). Then my Gazelle kept sliding around... had to figure out a way to make it stay put... So the "Universe" is testing me.

Besides all of this was the visit at the doctor on Monday - presciption of BP pills, leaving work sick on Tues and feeling a bit ill again in the stomach this am. SO what are my choices. Throw my hands up and say why me ... OR darn it - you are not going to bring me down and I am going to reach my goals this time no matter what obstacle you put in front of me.

It's TIME - 2009 is my year to SHINE! and I truly believe that this year is it!!

I have extra motivation coming up next month with people visiting me first weekend in March and me then going to visit people I haven't seen in about 4 months. I want the change to be noticeable!

I also want to go back to the doctor's for my follow-up and have her weigh me and see the difference from the time I did my physical and she weighed me in (Dec 1st). I want to tell her I want to try and control the BP without meds and perhaps if she sees the changes I've made that I can do this.

What I have yet to keep doing is managing my stress levels which I'm taking a handle on as I consider going back to taking the bus and working my regular hours again. Things are settling down a bit at work, we are getting extra help and with shorter hours here and more time for my home life... things will come together.

When I get my computer back - going to be back full force here because it is the power of SP friends that keeps me going and on track!

Thank you all for your ongoing support!

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KIMUSH23 2/12/2009 10:44PM

    Aw Hun! You just need a fix of SPARKPEOPLE and your SPARKFRIENDS.

Soon you will be to be surfing and sparking till you hearts content.

In the mean time I am sending sparkpeople motivation, determination and love your way!

Kim emoticon

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BRENDA_2010 2/12/2009 1:37PM

    You are doing great, even with everything that has been thrown at you.

Stay strong and keep that positive attitude.

You are going to shock your doctor when you go back.

I believe in you!!!

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